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Another Chick Lit book
– I think I need a vacation from this genre.Like most of them, the story is extremely predictable and a fast read.Even with a few twists and turns, there is
never a moment of surprise. However, the characters are very likeable. While
the story definitely addresses some issues with weight loss and struggles, it’s
more about seduction and deceiving until of course, the happily ever after
ending.This book is a self-published
e-book and that fact is very noticeable. There are numerous spelling and
grammatical errors throughout the novel.If Chick Lit is a favorite genre and you can
overcome spelling errors, this will be a pleasant read for you.Otherwise, I would bypass this novel. Unless
I’m at a complete loss for a book to read (which will never happen), I will
probably never read the rest of the trilogy. The next two books are titled Worth the Drive and Worth the Fall.
I read to escape my life.
I want the story to take me outside my world, whether good or bad.This book did not do that for me.A new marriage, angry stepchildren and a
whiny stepmom doesn’t make for an escape for me. The 42 year old stepmom acts
more childish than the 18 year old stepdaughter throughout the book.I also felt Green makes the 13 year old very naïve
as if she is several years younger. I
disliked all the characters for one reason or another.Green’s novels with the 20 year protagonists
were much more entertaining. I feel Green tried to grow up in this novel and
failed miserable along with her characters. As most chick lit novels, this one is very
predictable but not even entertaining along the way.
Ironically, Jane Green's novel, Jemina J, was one of the novels that I believe most influenced my life. She definitely understand's the 20 year old females versus the 40 year olds.
I just finished reading Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Yes, for the first time.I never had to read it in school, but to be
honest the reason I finally got around to reading it was because my daughter
has to read it for school.I had a perceived
notion of this book. I never heard anyone say “The book was OK”. It was either “This
book is great” or “That book sucked”.Over the years, I also saw/heard people; especially celebrities state
that Catcher in the Rye was the most influential book they read. Now after
reading it myself – I can’t help but think “So you don’t want to do anything or go anywhere in your life because that was Holden’s true desire”.His dream job was to stop children from falling
off cliffs. Come on!!
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines influence as “the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or
intangible ways: sway”.This could mean
in a bad or good way, however when someone asks what influences you or who has
had the most influence on you I believe this means in a good way. SO I ask –
How has Holden Caulfield influenced you??If someone ever tells me their most influential novel was Catcher in the
Rye, I WILL ask them why. Honestly, I would love to hear their response. Don’t
get me wrong, as stated in my review, I did enjoy the book but it hasn’t affected my life in any way, shape, or
form. I thought it was an OK, enjoyable book, but I’m on to my next book.
To answer the question: What book most
influenced your life? I feel one should look at the books they have read and
see which books had them change their lifestyle, caused them to have an
epiphany, opened their eyes to a cause, or even just that they reference back
to time after time. So maybe for these people who name Catcher in the Rye; it’s
because it is the only book they have read (probably forced upon them) and they
feel they have to give an answer.Otherwise, I want to know the reason!
So what books have influenced
me?I feel there have been several
self-help and non-fiction books that have helped or shaped me in some way
throughout the years, but let’s stick to fiction novels. I will admit my
answers are silly and no one else would probably answer the same way, BUT I have my
reason; which is all I’m asking for.
you there God, it’s me Margaret?by Judy Blume
read this book SEVERAL times as a child. I believe one of the reasons it
influenced me was because of the timing in which I read it.It’s a coming-of-age story about a 12 year
old girl getting her period, wanting boobs and bras.I was probably 9 when I read it the first
time and it was like a secret world to me. I wanted the secret club. I wanted
the boys – their cooties were finally getting cured. Basically, I wanted what
Margaret had! This book has stuck with me through the years and I actually
practiced “We must, we must, we must increase our busts” with a girlfriend.I recommend this book to
all girls from 3rd to 6th grade. Judy Blume wrote an
adult novel called Summer Sisters,
which I also loved because of my fond memories of Are you there God, It’s me Margaret?Summer
Sisters does not have the same profound memories for me, but was a great
book and I can’t help to think of the novel being the story of Margaret and her
friends all grown up. If you haven’t read either of these two books, I highly
recommend you do.
J: A Novel about Ugly Duckings and Swans
by Jane Green
book is even a sillier choice – yes even to me! But it did cause me to change my
life. Goodreads.com summarizes this novel as “Jemima J is the
chronicle of one woman's quest to become the woman she's always wanted to be,
learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the
meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is”.Honestly, that is what it did to me. My
personal issues of weight, addiction, love, etc. weren’t as extreme as Jemina J’s,
but they did exist. I think a major factor for a book to influence your life is
the time and place you ARE in when you read it. I read Jemina J: A Novel about Ugly Duckings and Swans at that moment for
me. I was very unhappy with my weight and was finding love in ALL the wrong
places.Life isn’t about being the
skinniest, happiest, most successfully and beautiful person you know. It’s
about loving yourself and being happy with whom you are in that moment.This novel made me WANT to change.I started walking every day, which caused my
body to regulate itself (I was having several issues), eating better, and
all-in-all change my life style. I plan on going back and reading this book
again VERY soon. Even if it doesn’t influence you the way it did me, I’m sure
every female will enjoy Jemina J’s story.
I would love to hear what books
INFLUENCED YOU. Feel free to comment please.
Holden Caulfield is a pompous, selfish, whiny jerk who has
no ambition whatsoever. He is critical of everyone, but himself and likes
absolutely nothing.This book is funny
at times and aggravating at other times.I feel that Holden has ADHD before it was a diagnostic illness.His mind jumps from topic to topic, often
repetitive and annoying.However, that
is what makes the book enjoyable and I believe exactly what the novel was meant
to be.The only person he seems to care
about besides himself is his sister, Phoebe, and he isn’t that nice to
her.What I don’t understand is how this
novel can be considered the most influential book to anyone (see the above blog
entry). I kept expecting Holden to have an epiphany, so that the readers could
actually claim to have this book influence them in anyway. With that said, I
did enjoy the book – for what it is – entertaining. I thought the story was
catchy and funny, but Holden did not influence me at all – I don’t want to be
person hater, life hater and go nowhere in my life. Do you?
This book is sure to
evoke a lot emotion in any reader. As any
crime stories there are all different perspectives of the situation taking
place.Stedman’s novel is no exception.The characters are so well developed that the
reader will fall right into the plot. Readers
may have more compassion towards Isabel, the woman who is unable to bear
children, Tom, Isabel’s husband, who wants to only make his wife happy but has
to jeopardize his job in order to do so, Hannah, the birth mother of Lucy/Grace,
or even Gwen, the aunt who only wants the best for her niece.Either way, you will side with one of them and
carry the emotion throughout the novel.Although the emotion got the better of me (I sobbed at the end), the
story was pretty predictable hence the slightly lower than perfect rating.
This is M.L. Stedman's first novel and she does not have a personal website.